Nha Trang is a coastal city and also the center for politics, economy, culture, science and tourism of Khanh Hoa province.
It possesses many beauty spots which attract lots of tourists every year. Among these beauty spots, we can mention the Ponagar Tower and the Nha Trang Bay with many small islands (19 islands of different sizes).
Nha Trang is gifted by nature with deep, quiet and warm waters all the year round, surrounded by archipelagoes, islands, mountains and white sand beaches - a wonderful and attractive tourist resort. The 7km white sand beach of Nha Trang is often called Vietnam's Mediterranean Area, considered one of the jewel along Vietnam's long stretching coast line.
Nha Trang is sunny all year round, with an average temperature of 23oC due to northern winds. The rainfall is less than anywhere else in the country and the area is not threatened by storms since it is protected by the Truong Son Mountains and Ca Pass.
Nha Trang has many specialties. Especially, bird's nest soup, or swallow's nest soup is very famous in Nha Trang and round Vietnam. The magnificent coral seabed in Nha Trang makes it ideal for scubadiving and snorkeling.
Nha Trang Bay is recognised as one of 29 most beautiful bays in the world. Thanks to its beauty and fame,many big events of Vietnam and of the world were organized here: Miss Universe 2008, Miss World 2010, etc.
Places to visit
National Oceonographic Museum of Vietnam
National Oceonographic Museum of Vietnam is located in Nha Trang, to the south of the town on the coast road. The museum is set in a huge colonial complex of buildings. Signs guide the way through the various exhibits which range from bored looking leopard sharks in tanks, to a plastercast model of a whale skeleton to an entire 'sea cow' or manatee preserved in a huge glass case. Other displays show Vietnam's oceanographic history.
Thap Ba Hot Spring Centre
A few kilometres away at the bottom of a bumpy pot-holed road is the Thap Ba Hot Spring Centre. As the advertising billboards around town boast, 'soaking in mineral mud is interesting'. Not only is there the chance to take a mud bath, but also soaking in mineral water, steam bath and massage, and a warm mineral water swimming pool are available.
Long Son Pagoda
Also within an easy bicycle ride of the beach is the Long Son pagoda, which houses an impressive sitting Buddha statue high in its gardens on the hillside, and which is visible for miles around. This is the biggest and most worthwhile pagoda to visit whilst in the city, and also the most convenient for its location -- it's right by the train station.
Nha Trang's Cham Tower
is worth visiting. The Cham people ruled in this area from 243 AD until the 1600's, and this is one of the last remnants of their civilisation. Once a whole complex of towers, some are now in ruins, but the North Tower still stands largely untouched.